YAKIMA – Claiming the top four finishes in the boys race, as well as the top three placings in the girls competition, the West Valley Rams bested both Grandview and Ephrata yesterday afternoon in class 2A prep cross-country action.
Thursday’s three-school CWAC meet was staged on West Valley’s 5,000-meter course.
West Valley’s Justin Irvine, Setty Pryor, Colton Hoggarth and Justin Burke were the first four runners to cross the finish line in the boys race. Irvine topped the 69-runner field with a clocking of 16:55.56. Pryor, Hoggarth and Burke posted times ranging from 17:21.45 to 17:33.67.
Grandview High School junior Samuel Cuevas was next across the line. He placed fifth by touring the 5,000-meter track in a time of 17:40.18.
Ephrata’s Matt Mortimer, a senior, was the Tigers’ top finisher in the boys race. He clocked a time of 18:14.79, eighth fastest on the day.
Yesterday’s girls race winner proved to be West Valley junior Emily Knudson. She sped to a clocking of 21:12.53. Claiming second and third-place honors were West Valley’s Erika Dezellem and Emily Lewis with official times of 21:43.90 and 21:47.12, respectively.
One of only two Grandview runners in the girls race, sophomore Cynthia DeRobles was the 16th harrier to cross the line from among the 37-girl field. DeRobles clocked a time of 24:50.92. Lady Greyhound teammate Keanna Maki, also a sophomore, was the 34th-place finisher in a time of 29:55.25.
Jeanna Segaline, a junior, put up the fastest time from among the Ephrata girls. She placed fourth with a clocking of 22:03.28.
Although class 1A Mabton wasn’t an official participant at Thursday’s CWAC meet, the Vikings did have two runners competing in the boys race, as well as one in the girls competition.
The lone Lady Vike on the West Valley course was sophomore Cassandra Moreno. She finished ahead of five runners, placing 32nd in a time of 29:08.63.
The two Mabton harriers in the boys race were freshman William Ziakawsky and sophomore Alex Jaramillo. Ziakawsky set a time of 20:39.43, good for 24th-place honors; and Jaramillo placed 28th with a clocking of 21:07.54.
Besides Cuevas’ fifth-place finish, the Grandview boys squad got an 18th-place performance from senior Jose Velasquez. He finished in 20:05.61. Also representing the Grandview boys team yesterday were Sabastian Raucamp, 22nd-place in 20:28.69; Jose Cisneros-Valdez, 23rd-place in 20:33.88; Joesiah Saunders, 32nd-place in 21:12.82; Sean Charvet, 37th-place in 21:25.11; Jose Castaneda, 51st-place in 22:41.16; and Jesus Cervantes, 69th-place in 29:58.48.